Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

It was back in 2011 that Hublot originally came out with the watch that eventually became the "Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang." I recall the event in Geneva when Jean-Claude Biver announced that he "accepted" a request to produce a watch that was something along the lines of "what if Hublot produced a watch inspired by Richard Mille?" The two high-end watch makers tend to offer products at very different price points (though both very high-end) and enjoy a mutual respect of one another. The resulting creation was the "Hublot Masterpiece" which I was able to debut hands-on here. It also served as a direct predecessor to the Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase watch that we see here today.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Hublot Masterpiece was a rather large tonneau-shaped Hublot timepiece with a tourbillon (of course). It was the first tonneau-shaped watch from Hublot, and I wasn't sure if it was the start of something new, or just a one-time experiment for collectors. Today Hublot has a few tonneau-shaped watches under its belt, and continues to produce a handful of them under the "Spirit Of Big Bang" collection. The "Masterpiece" name lives on, and eventually turned into the "MP-01, MP-02, etc..." moniker. The last Hublot MP watch that I recall in a tonneau-shaped chase was the Hublot MP-06 for Senna from 2013.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The original Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang came in a 45mm wide case, that given the long dimensions of a tonneau-style case was rather big for most wrists. This particular collection of Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase watches sees the debut of a smaller, much more wearable 42mm wide tonneau-shaped case (water resistant to 100 meters). Currently these newer Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase watches come in two versions with one model in titanium and the other in 18K King Gold (basically red gold).

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

For me the real winner in this timepiece is the case and overall wearing experience. I am not sold on the particular assortment of complications, but the dial design and concept is otherwise compelling. The Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase does not contain an in-house made movement, but rather a base Swiss ETA (or equivalent) that has been modified for decorative purposes and given a module for the complications in addition to the time. You can view the movement, which Hublot refers to as their HUB1770 automatic, through the sapphire crystal exhibition window on the rear of the case. The movement operates at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 50 hours.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As the name of the watch implies, the dial complications include a moonphase indicator as well as the time with a subsidiary second dial and a subsidiary second hand. The dial displays a neat-looking face which is really a skeletonized look at the module over the movement. It is a mix of purely functional elements as well as a decorative design which lends itself well to the overall theme. The look isn't for everyone, but it does fall neatly in line with the look of many other skeletonized-dial Hublot products.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

I do like the brushed Big Bang-style hands which offer decent legibility, especially in the King gold version thanks to the added contrast. I'm not a huge fan of skeletonized date displays, but this one isn't too bad. Even though the dial is asymmetrical in nature, I do feel that the assortment of elements is for the most part rather balanced. Then you have the moonphase indicator window over 6 o'clock which is skeletonized in its own way given the semi-opaque disc used to hide the "not visible" parts of the disc.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The moon phase indication is decent looking for sure, but I can't help but feel that this is a complication that just doesn't really fit the Hublot brand. The Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase isn't the only Hublot timepiece to offer a moonphase indicator, so there must be some demand for it out there. Though for me, I simply don't think of moonphase indicators as a signature complication for Hublot. Why? Well the complication is really more classic in theme and Hublot is pretty much the opposite of that.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Around the dial is a scale for the hour and minutes, which is a welcome touch that is actually rather classic as well - though rendered in Hublot's modern aesthetic. In fact, I think that a good way to think about the Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase is as another "hybrid" concept where Hublot attempts to take something more traditional (the complications) and marry it to something more modern (the overall dial and case design). Do you think that it is successful at that?

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

On the wrist, wearing comfort for the 42mm wide Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase is high. It isn't a small watch by any means, but the slightly smaller size makes it a lot more practical for more people. I hope that Hublot is able to take this case and play around with movement and dial design a lot to releasing more options in the future. I think for some people this is the Hublot that they never knew they wanted, but suddenly find really appealing. Others will simply find no interest in it, but it won't reduce their enthusiasm for Hublot. If there is anything that Hublot is masterful at, it is coming out with models that don't appeal to all of its consumers (in fact most of its products are more niche targeted) and yet experience no degradation in brand appeal or loyalty.

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Both current versions of the Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase watch come attached to black rubber straps. These aren't limited editions, and interestingly enough I've seen no limited editions (yet) based on these watches. They are indeed among the more uncommon Hublot watches out there, which is made more interesting by the fact that they are so visually distinctive, and actually practical from a wearability standpoint. For everyone who isn't moved by the Hublot Classic Fusion and wants something a bit more complex looking (but not quite as sporty as a Big Bang), there is the Hublot Spirit Of Big Bang Moonphase. Reference 647.NX.1137.RX is in titanium and reference 647.OX.1138.RX is in King gold, with a retail price of $20,600 and $42,400 respectively. hublot.com

  • W_G

    “”Jean-Claude Biver announced that he “accepted” a request to produce a watch that was something along the lines of “what if Hublot produced a watch inspired by Richard Mille?”

    I.e it is a Richard Mille copy

    • Larry Holmack

      Yeah…if you want a RM homage ( copy ) …there are many other options out there for way less than $20-45 grand!!!

    • I bet the request did come from Richard Mille. Its like the Chinese Rolex replica makers saying “I had a request to produce a watch something along the lines of a Rolex Submariner”.

      • ??????

        Its a common thing with Janis Trading and Steinhart. Rolex calls them: “we want something more along the lines of our watches, guys..”

        • So you are saying that Rolex calls the Chinese knock-off guys and says “Please make Submariner and Datejust replica so people who can’t afford our watches will remain asprirational and will use the quartz faux watch to remind themselves that they are future Rolex customers. And of course point out to others that your “Rolex” is just a “starter” homage and not the real thing.

          • ??????

            Clever guys, aren’t they? 🙂 Jokes aside, I always wondered how they never react to literally hundreds of direct knock-offs (with other logo) from plethora of brands from Squale to Steinhart. Possibly, your joke isn’t one, and Rolex does benefit from those who buy homages (replicas?) and still want the “real thing”..

          • Yeah to say if fakes really hurt Rolex sales or not.

          • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

            IMO, the ‘fakes’ inspire sales f the original brand.
            Maybe not in the short term. But , again, IMO, in the long term.

          • DanW94

            These things are definitely a gateway drug to the hard stuff…..75 dollars or so on E-bay or Amazon or some other site for an NH35 automatic….it gets you hooked man….

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8cd0c1e8763f7148a3c0e5943505771c3a93c4f5a42577fd00195ef922db3fa8.jpg

          • ??????

            Looks like a lovechild of Swiss Legend and Deep Blue under the Rolex Moon 🙂

    • Ariel Adams

      That was more for the original Masterpiece model which is larger and quite different than this 42mm wide version.

  • Bill W

    I’ve some problems with it (caseback, price, the hands on the titanium one…) but I also sorta like it. Oh God, forgive me for I have sinned.

    • Berndt Norten

      I too have sinned–I kinda likes it.
      Swaggart out.

      • DanW94

        Amen brother! – From Jim Bakker

        • Berndt Norten

          So we’re both fawning over this watch??

          • DanW94

            It’s not bad. I’ll pass the hat and have the congregation pick up the tab for two of them….Tammy Faye needs some new make-up also…..

          • Larry Holmack

            Tammy Faye passed in 2007…he has a new sugar mamma now days who doesn’t wear half the make up she did…which means she still wears way too much!!! LOL

    • Beefalope

      Your comment makes me unhappy. Stop it.

  • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

    IT’S ALIVE !?!

  • Word Merchant

    Utterly fed up with open dials.

    It’s like middle aged men in Lycra – you see shapes and bulges that really should remain hidden.

  • john coleman

    If l was after a watch this shape and the choice was Hublot or RM, I’d go for the Hublot just for the price.

  • Marius

    According to this article: “The two high-end watch makers tend to offer products at very different price points (though both very high-end).”

    Can someone please explain me what makes Hublot a “very high end watch.”

    1. You are certainly not buying originality. Most Hublots are heavily influenced by other watches: the Big Bang is an Audemars Royal Oak Offshore knock off, whereas this watch takes its inspiration from Richard Mille.

    2. You are certainly not getting high end movements. Essentially, Hublot uses two types of calibers: ETA and Unico. The first is definitely not a high end movement. The latter is a decent and serviceable caliber, yet it’s not exactly amazing — especially when compared to the modern, high-tech movements manufactured by Renaud&Papi, JLC Extreme Lab, or Breguet.

    3. You are certainly not getting a flawless fit&finish. The cases and dials of the Hublots that I handled were rather mediocre. Considering that the cheapest Big Bang starts from around $22,000, I would say that the quality of execution of most Hublots is more in line with Tag Heuer than with Richard Mille.

    4. You are certainly paying a “very high end” price. Absolutely. I really don’t know why anyone would pay over $20,000 for an ETA-equipped watch, but as the Biver would say “A sucker is born every minute.”

    • Beefalope

      Price. That’s it. Nothing more to see here.

    • I agree – with the exception that Ressence starts off with an ETA base but I have no problem with them doing so or their price since they are so original with their display and the unique mechanism that drives it.

    • TrevorXM

      When watch blogs stop calling Hublot “very high end” and relegate it to what it is: “low mid-end overpriced derivatives” — which is what they are — you will see a massive reduction in their price. But Hublot will easily avoid that with some payolla to the watch blog stooges.

  • James Miller

    On the gold watch, the date is misaligned. Guess it’s almost midnight and about to change to the 17th.

  • Berndt Norten

    Not a bad price for a Richard Mille, if that’s your thing. Leave it to Jean-Claude Blofeld to bring dem luxury goods to the masses!

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This beast is about as subtle as a brick and as sophisticated as a trailer park dweller. I hate to pigeon hole people but i have to question the type of people who would be happy walking about with this on ( you know what they say about a man with a big watch ). Even from a horology point of view its just too much, the face is just to all over the place. The misaligned date just annoys me, why would you take a picture of that on such a pricey timepiece ?. i can’t hate it , but the movement is nothing special at all. I normally would like to see the movement but in this instance their is too much on show and eyes dont know what to focus on.

    *Clunk

    • DanW94

      Ray, You must have cleared out that bin for the new year. Because the resounding *clunk* from this one sounds like it’s hitting the bottom of an empty barrel…

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I bought a brand new bin with a swing top lid for the new year.

        • Berndt Norten

          It don’t mean a thin’
          if it goes in Ray’s bin…
          dooo-wop doo-wop do-wop

          • Bill W

            Do you hear what I hear?
            Said the Scottish boy to the mighty King, “clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk clunk.”
            A clunk, a clunk, echoes through the night. Lets you know that a watch isn’t right. Lets you know that this watch just ain’t right.

            Ray will bring us goodness and light.
            (moving on,…clunk clunk clunk)

          • Berndt Norten

            Played some Bing for the kids at Christmas time. As a person he was a monster but even Thelonius recognized his genius. He had ‘a sound’. And today we have Ariana Grande

          • Raymond Wilkie

            I have no clue what you two are saying.

          • Berndt Norten

            Said the night wind to the little lamb
            Do you see what I see
            Way up in the sky little lamb
            Do you see what I see
            A star, a star
            Dancing in the night
            With a tail as big as a kite
            With a tail as big as a kite
            Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy
            Do you hear what I hear
            Ringing through the sky shepherd boy
            Do you hear what I hear
            A song, a song
            High above the tree
            With a voice as big as the sea
            With a voice as big as the sea
            Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king
            Do you know what I know
            In your palace wall mighty king
            Do you know what I know
            A child, a child
            Shivers in the cold
            Let us bring him silver and gold
            Let us bring him silver and gold
            Said the king to the people everywhere
            Listen to what I say
            Pray for peace people everywhere
            Listen to what I say
            The child, the child
            Sleeping in the night
            He will bring us goodness and light
            He will bring us goodness and light

          • Raymond Wilkie
          • Bill W

            Little Raymond (cla clunk clun clun clunk)

            I am a poor boy too (cla clunk clun clun clunk)

            I have no watch to toss (cla clunk clun clun clunk)

            To toss into your box (cla clunk clun clun clunk, clunk clun clun clunk, clunk clun clun clunk)

            Ray and his box………………………
            CLUNK!

          • Berndt Norten

            Too funny! Can’t touch that!

          • Berndt Norten

            Well, here goes:

            Raymond’s got a toss box
            Bill and Berndt can’t sleep at night

          • Bill W
          • Bill W
    • TrevorXM

      BUT IT’S NOT BORING, IS IT?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Nope , it’s Super boring.

    • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

      Shouldn’t that be a “caravan” park redneck?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        Sorry, i am basing that comment on everyone i’ve seen on Jerry Springer and The Trailer park boys…..what do i know……

  • BNABOD

    aside from the Mickey ears moon phase and the price it is a stellar piece…………not

  • dhaines

    20 to 42 k for an ETA !!! ugh WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    • Berndt Norten

      Because the Biv can ?

    • Beefalope

      It’d be one thing if the ETA movement was exquisitely finished, but it’s not even well-finished considering the price point.

    • SuperStrapper

      Yeah, and the Knight XV is just a Ford.

  • SuperStrapper

    This watch would be improved by an entire letter grade if it included a hand wound movement that filled the caseback. One of my biggest peeves with squared watch cases is round movements that werent designed for them.

  • commentator bob

    Good to see that Hublot has the versatility to knock off both the AP Royal Oak and Richard Mille. Hublot is up there with Alpha, Parnis and Steinhart.

    • Beefalope

      Ha! I was just about to post that until I saw your comment. I wholeheartedly agree.

      • TrevorXM

        “designers” you mean.

      • ??????

        Who needs them when the watches are flying off the shelves?..

  • Ulysses31

    There are still too many screws all over the place for my liking. It doesn’t add anything aesthetically. Still, it’s nice to see Hublot try new things. Or at least, new to Hublot, not to anyone else.

  • Pretty cool, should be half the price and would do pretty well I would imagine.

  • Omegaboy

    I usually don’t like the looks of the BB, but this one is cool. The heart-shaped cover for the moon phase looks odd, though. Everything on the watch is angles, except for this curvy cover.

  • Berndt Norten

    Biver never knows it’s time
    To close the book
    And gracefully decline

  • Shawn Lavigne

    an interesting watch. i like it a lot.

  • Cool Watch. but I don’t like the design very much. its average in my opinion

  • Grumpy Cat

    How did Hublot come up with Big Bang name on their watches? Every time I see it, I think it is the title of an adult film.

    • ??????

      +1
      I think he has had a second hobby except for cheese..

  • TrevorXM

    Hublot executives had been reading up on how Richard Mille has been making a profit with his watches and then issued a mandate to their “designers” — and POW! this watch was born! Well, after a number of committee meetings later over which it was “enhanced”. Just when you thought Hublot couldn’t get more pathetic, they did it!

  • ??????

    Richublot Bivelle 🙂 “Spirit of Big Bang” sounds like XXX movie name indeed. But happens to be appropriate for this big loud semi-transparent RM knock-off with laughably small movement.

  • Dimitrios

    For everyone who is complaining that this watch is a rip off of Richard Mille and a horrible one at that; I have to disagree. I am not a huge fan of Hublot but this watch in my opinion is a great watch. It is more legible than an RM, more understated than an RM could ever be and more affordable than your typical RM watch (not that I could afford this watch to begin with).

    • The Reclusive Boogur T. Wang

      Good comment. And I do not like any of them.

  • ??????

    I want a special edition Hublot Cheese Spirit of Big Bang Bang Bang in gypsy gold with transparent dial and hands, powered by ETA, covered with 87 screws and smeared by paid up street warrior graffitist Alejandro El Monopolio.

    • SuperStrapper

      The gypsy gold alloy is the filthiest ever developed. Good choice.

    • commentator bob

      How about a fully transparent Hublot? The brand is about as close to ‘The Emporer’s New Clothes’ as a current brand gets.

      • ??????

        You uncovered what ace Biver has up his sleeve

      • egznyc

        Fully? As in not just a transparent case but fully … like the air we breathe? It wouldn’t be much less legible than some of their existing creations.

  • HectorAsuipe

    Not the ugliest Hublot I’ve seen.
    It would go well for somebody who would buy a Ford F-350 King Ranch that never sees a bigger challenge than getting jammed on a curb outside Nordstrom’s.

  • commentator bob

    Below I have already shown that an automatic Richard Mille knock-off can be purchased for $20,500 less than the $20,600 this automatic Richard Mille knock-off costs.

    But what is even more stupid about this Hublot is that a real Royal Oak (the watch that most Hublots poorly knock-off) can be purchased, at MSRP, for $17,800. $2,800 less than this knock-off watch by Hublot.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d0ef77a84fd7142414bce1763d08c362c278ab28dbc6a1ed42c0f0c835c2c86.jpg

    • ??????

      The Jumbo can be found for ~14k and is simply perfect compared to Hublot

  • Gerald Menta

    This a fantastic value for an ETA-powered knock off. It is amazing that you can finally see how the date and moon phase work. With fit and finish this good, it is unbelievable that these pieces aren’t worth six figures. Truly investment grade heirlooms! 😉

  • Yanko

    Ariel, Please do start our week with this ugliness. Publish an article about a beautiful watch. Please and thank you.

  • funNactive

    I like the look & size of this watch. Very legible for being skeletonized.

  • harveyspecter

    The price is totally unrealistic for a selita powered watch. The target is obviously not caring that much about the engine but to a watch fan it is very important. I liked the design of the Hublot classic fusion but as soon as I saw the Selita I knew that I could never justify it.